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Costa Blanca Holidays

Costa Blanca Holidays

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Destination Highlights

  • Perfect for all holidaymakers
  • Home to the famous town of Benidorm
  • A mix of traditional towns and tourist resorts
  • So many sandy beaches to choose from
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    Beaches | Hotels | Nightlife | Food | Things to do | Weather | Important information | Reviews |


    What are the best beaches in Costa Blanca?

    Costa Blanca - or as it translates in English, 'The White Coast' - certainly lives up to its namesake when it comes to finding a sunbathing spot. If you're wondering where to start, here are a few of (what we think are) the top beaches in Costa Blanca:

    • Playa de Levante – stretching for more than 2km, this popular sand spot in the capital is a hit with families thanks to its beach bars, sun loungers, play areas and watersports.
    • Playa de San Juan – a long, sandy beach in Alicante with clusters of surrounding bars and restaurants, a children's playground, a choice of watersports and sloping sands that lead into the warm Mediterranean Sea.
    • Playa de La Fossa– the second-biggest beach in Calpe, famous for its powdery sands, seafront promenade and its rugged, limestone outcrop that juts from the sea, making for a spectacular view.
    • Playa de la Albufereta– a smaller, rocky beach lined with palm trees for natural shade, and it's accessible via tram directly from Alicante, so getting here is a doddle.
    • Platja de les Rotes– the perfect spot if you're looking for something sweet and simple away from the crowds, with a rocky bay, a footpath and crystal clear waters which are ideal for snorkelling.

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    What are the top hotels in Costa Blanca?

    There are plenty of popular hotels to choose from where you can soak up the sun and have fun in Costa Blanca. From family-friendly to Adult Only, here are some of our favourite stays in the sunny Spanish region:

    • Sol Pelicanos Ocas - The star of the popular TV show ‘Benidorm’ the Sol Pelicanos Ocas is a top pick with families. Only 300m from the beach with three pools, four kids’ clubs and a selection of bars and restaurants, there’s no wonder people love this hotel!
    • Magic Robin Hood - A themed four-star hotel that’s great for families with young kids, the Magic Robin Hood features a large outdoor pool area, kids’ play area with slides, a spa for the adults and a game experience room.
    • Flamingo Beach Resort (Adults Only) - If you’re looking for a child-free getaway to Benidorm then look no further than the Flamingo Beach Resort. This Adult Only hotel (14+) features three pools, a salon and activities like yoga and Pilates.
    • Albir Garden Resort & Aquagarden - A three-star All Inclusive pick for families, the Albir Garden Resort & Aquagarden features a waterpark, gym, spa, seasonal kids’ club and two pools - everything you need for a fun-filled holiday.
    • Magic Aqua Rock Gardens - A brilliant waterpark, fabulous entertainment and an Adult Only chill-out area, the four-star Magic Aqua Rock Gardens in Benidorm caters to all ages whilst being only 150m from the beach for those who love to spend their days by the sea.
    • Dynastic Hotel - Located in the Rincon de Loix area of Benidorm, the Dynastic Hotel offers comfortable accommodation, two swimming pools, a spa and fun activities for families.


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    What's the food like in Costa Blanca?

    Discover a variety of cuisine in Costa Blanca, from traditional Spanish cuisine to international delights. Some of our favourite must-try dishes include:

    • Paella - The Spanish rice dish that is a favourite all over the world, served with seafood, chicken or vegetables.
    • Gazpacho - A surprisingly delightful cold soup. Refreshing on those hot summer days, this savoury dish is a must-try.
    • Seafood - You'll find a fantastic variety of seafood to try in Costa Blanca, from red sea bream to monkfish to sardines.
    • Pericana - A mix of cod or chaplains, garlic, dried peppers and olive oil, eaten with bread and aioli.
    • Crusted rice - It definitely tastes better than it sounds, this rice is cooked with meat, vegetables or fish and is baked with a beaten egg on top - creating the crust.
    • Nougat - Made from almonds and honey, nougat is popular in Costa Blanca and is a favourite when it comes to sweet treats.

    Costa Blanca food

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    Where’s the best nightlife in Costa Blanca?

    Costa Blanca is home to the famous town of Benidorm, known for its buzzing nightlife that attracts groups of party people year after year. Although Benidorm is definitely the place to be for a big night out, Alicante is also a hotspot for nightlife with plenty of bars and clubs dotted around the city. Some of our favourite bars and clubs in Costa Blanca include:

    • Metro Dance Club – One of the most famous clubs in Alicante, Metro Dance Club hosts some incredible house and electronic DJs.
    • Disco Bahamas – If you like to mix it up, Disco Bahamas in Benidorm plays all the best tunes, including R&B, hip-hop and house music.
    • Klee Kafee – Open most nights, this is the longest running drag cabaret bar in Benidorm, and is known for being a top night out if you’re looking for a night filled with amazing entertainment.
    • KM Disco & Dance Club – A top spot for dancing all night in Benidorm, head to KM Disco & Dance Club for a night of partying until dawn.
    • Confetti Alicante – Looking for good vibes and great music? Confetti club in Alicante is a favourite for a fun-filled night out that won’t disappoint.

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    Things to do in Costa Blanca

    Terra Mitca

    Head to this theme park with a historic twist with five themed areas. Great for families, you can enjoy rides on the rollercoasters, log flumes and fairground rides, as well as catching any of the amazing shows that are featured at the park for all ages to enjoy.

    The old towns

    Costa Blanca is home to some stunning Spanish old towns that are perfect for a wander round if you’re seeking a day of culture or a day of exploring with a loved one. Some of the top old towns we’d recommend are Altea, Benidorm Old Town, Denia and the Santa Cruz area of Alicante.

    Aqua Natura Waterpark

    Nothing beats a day under the sun having fun at a waterpark, so make sure to visit Aqua Natura Waterpark in Benidorm for just that! From paddling areas for little ones, to family waterslides, to the daredevil slides for the adults, you’re sure to have an unforgettable day out at this popular waterpark.

    Tabarca Island

    Hop on a boat and visit the island of Tabarca, just off the coast of Santa Pola. This little island is a wonderful day out where you can discover the historical sites, try out watersports and take your pick of some fantastic restaurants for a delicious lunch.

    Las Salinas de Torrevieja

    A natural beauty, discover the pink waters at Las Salinas de Torrevieja. Although these shores are stunning, you can’t bathe in them, so they’re great if you’re looking for a unique outing instead of a day of sunbathing a swimming.

    Guadalest Valley

    Venture inland from the coast to visit the beautiful Guadalest Valley. Take in the views of the sparkling blue waters of the reservoir and explore the cobbled streets of the quaint local village, where you can enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the charming restaurants.



    Fancy a trip to one of Costa Blanca's top resorts? Check out our article on 5 budget-friendly Benidorm hotels here!

    What's the weather like in Costa Blanca?

    Situated on the east coast of Spain, Costa Blanca offers hot summers and cooler winters. The best time to visit is between June and August, as this is the time that the temperatures arehighest, with the least rainfall and with 10-11 hours of sunshine per day.

    Month

    Average temp.

    Sea temp.

    Hours of sunshine per day

    Jan 11 °c 14 °c 6 h
    Feb 12 °c 14 °c 7 h
    Mar 15 °c 14 °c 7 h
    Apr 17 °c 15 °c 8 h
    May 20 °c 17 °c 10 h
    Jun 25 °c 20 °c 10 h
    Jul 27 °c 24 °c 11 h
    Aug 29 °c 25 °c 10 h
    Sep 25 °c 24 °c 9 h
    Oct 21 °c 21 °c 7 h
    Nov 16 °c 18 °c 6 h
    Dec 12 °c 15 °c 6 h

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    Important Information about travelling to Costa Blanca

    How long does it take to fly to Costa Blanca?

    It takes about 2.5 hours to fly to Costa Blanca from the UK.

    What’s the time difference between the UK and Costa Blanca?

    Costa Blanca is 1 hour ahead of the UK.

    What currency do they use in Costa Blanca?

    The official currency of Costa Blanca is the Euro.

    What language do they speak in Costa Blanca?

    The official language spoken in Costa Blanca is Spanish.

    Do I need any vaccinations to visit Costa Blanca?

    Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

    Do I need to pay tax on my holiday to Costa Blanca?

    You do not need to pay tourist tax in Costa Blanca.

    Will Covid-19 affect my holiday to Costa Blanca?

    We are currently closely following the Covid-19 situation and how it affects travel. You can find out the most up to date information about travel to Costa Blanca on the FCO website.


    Customer reviews

    At On the Beach, we’ve sent many satisfied customers to Costa Blanca for a bit of sunshine. But don't just take our word for it, read some of their 5-star reviews below.

    Amanda Compton:


    We had a fantastic holiday from start to finish. The hotel was amazing food room flight everything was perfect thank you.

    Pammy:


    On The Beach were very helpful in helping me to finalise my accomodation after an exchange of Hotels

    Elizabeth Simkin:


    The whole experience was perfect from finding to paying and getting there and coming home X

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    Top Costa Blanca Hotels

    Sol Pelicanos Ocas

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    BCL Levante Club & Spa Hotel - Adults Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Agua Azul Hotel - Adult Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Magic Tropical Splash

    Cala De Finestrat, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Melia Benidorm

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Dynastic Hotel

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Magic Robin Hood

    Albir, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Gran Hotel Sol y Mar

    Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Don Pancho - Adults Only (14+)

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Flamingo Beach Resort - Adults Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Magic Cristal Park

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Sandos Monaco - Adults Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Santa Faz - Adults Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Melia Alicante

    Alicante, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Gran Hotel Bali

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    MedPlaya Flamingo Oasis

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Hotel Gala Placidia

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Villa Venecia Hotel Boutique Gourmet

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Alameda Hotel

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Carlos I

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Las Damas

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Medplaya Riudor - Adults Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Magic Natura Animal Waterpark and Polynesian Lodge Resort

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Ambassador 1

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Benidorm Celebrations Music Resort - Adults Only

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Lido Hotel

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Mont Park

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    RH Corona Del Mar Hotel

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Rosamar Hotel

    Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Del Mar Apartments - Adults Only

    Calpe, Costa Blanca, Spain

    Costa Blanca Weather

    One of the key reasons why resorts on the Costa Blanca proves so popular is the area's irresistible climate. It is perfect for a spot of summer tanning and the beaches never fail to impress. With July and August temperatures often reaching over 30 degrees, these are also the months when rainfall is at its lowest, meaning an uninterrupted day of beach relaxation can almost be guaranteed.

    Sea temperatures also peak in the twenties around the same time, yet the breeze from the Mediterranean makes sure the temperature never becomes unbearable. For many, this is the perfect combination, which is why tourists flock back to the Costa Blanca every year. So if you don't want to miss out on the summer sun, then book your holiday today!

    Jan 13ºC
    Feb 15ºC
    Mar 16ºC
    Apr 18ºC
    May 21ºC
    Jun 24ºC
    Jul 27ºC
    Aug 27ºC
    Sep 25ºC
    Oct 20ºC
    Nov 16ºC
    Dec 13ºC

    Things To Do on Costa Blanca Holidays

    The Costa Blanca is brimming with things for all the family to do, and is renowned as being one of the most entertaining destinations in Europe. Watersports are available at many of the beaches, and range from a nice family afternoon on a pedaloe to an hour on the thrill seekers best friend, the jet ski. For a more tranquil afternoon at sea, resorts such as Santa Pola offer sea fishing excursions, giving you a chance to explore the coastline in a slightly different way.

    If it is thrills and spills which you are looking for, then the Costa Blanca tailors to your needs also. It is home to the famous Terre Mitica theme park, and boasts a variety of water parks, the biggest and often most popular with tourists being Aqualandia near Benidorm. The area is perfect for golfers, with high quality courses stretched right along the coastline, including Campoamor and Las Ramblas to name but a few.

    Culture

    With over 200 kilometres of coastline, the Costa Blanca is rich in culture, and in parts is very typically Spanish. The cobbled streets of the old town in Altea with its domed blue and white church is just one example of the country's heritage preserved today, attracting nearly as many of those simply looking for the sun. As with the rest of Spain, the inhabitants are often very religious, meaning the fiestas over the Easter week and weekend prove very popular with tourists, and provide perhaps a better insight into how the locals actually live.

    As for food, hotels will often advise on the best places to go for some genuine Spanish cuisine, whether it be paella or tapas. Of course, away from the smaller towns and villages are the more renowned holiday resorts. The recently revitalised Benidorm is always a holiday makers favourite with its golden beaches and thriving nightlife, although resorts in Alicante and Torrevieja are providing stiff competition. Wherever you decide to go, make sure you get the best deal possible by booking with On the Beach.

    Costa Blanca Resorts

    Albir

    Albir

    If you're off on holidays to Spain, the picturesque little village of Albir is the place to go. Why? Because Albir holidays have it all - beautiful, w…

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    Alicante

    Alicante

    Destination highlightsA cosmopolitan cityHome to a picturesque marinaBuzzing nightlifeA choice of beachesJump to...Beaches | Hotels | Food & drink | N…

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    Altea

    Altea

    If you're going on holidays to Spain, be sure to make the white sands of the Costa Blanca top of your itinerary, and specifically the beautiful, beach…

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    Benidorm

    Benidorm

    The famous Spanish resort that's home to the best beaches, entertainment, nightlife and has an atmosphere like no other. Destination highlightsBurstin…

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    Calpe

    Calpe

    Spain holidays are all about sun, sea, sand and culture. Well, that's what you'll find in the charming Mediterranean resort of Calpe, in the north of…

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    Denia

    Denia

    Spain holidays simply aren't complete without visiting the Costa Blanca! And where better to stay than the peaceful resort of Denia, in the northern c…

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    Javea

    Javea

    To most of us, Spain holidays mean basking by the sea and enjoying glorious weather, with plenty of amenities and lots to do. And where do you get all…

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    La Cala

    La Cala

    Your sunny Spain holidays can centre on no more beauteous backdrop than the Costa Blanca! Spain's White Coast has it all, beautiful beaches, gorgeous…

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    La Sella

    La Sella

    If you're planning to go on holidays to Spain, be sure to explore the beautiful landscapes of the Costa Blanca! This is one of the most stunning resor…

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    Levante

    Levante

    If you're going on a holiday to Spain, look no further than the Costa Blanca for sun, fun and lot's to do. The exquisite seafront of Levante, situated…

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